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FE 2b/d vs Albatros Scouts: Western Front 1916-17 (Duel)

FE 2b/d vs Albatros Scouts: Western Front 1916-17 (Duel) [Kindle Edition]

James F Miller , Mark Postelthwaite , Jim Luarier
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In the spring of 1916 the deployment of the RFC's FE 2 - with its rotary engine 'pusher' configuration affording excellent visibility for its pilot and observer, and removing the need for synchronized machine guns - helped wrest aerial dominance from Imperial Germany's Fokker Eindecker monoplanes, and then contributed to retaining it throughout the Somme battles of that fateful summer. However, by autumn German reorganization saw the birth of the Jagdstaffeln (specialised fighter squadrons) and the arrival of the new Albatros D scout, a sleek inline-engined machine built for speed and twin-gun firepower. Thus, for the remainder of 1916 and well into the next year an epic struggle for aerial superiority raged above the horrors of the Somme and Passchendaele battlefields, pitting the FE 2 against the better-armed and faster Albatros scouts that were focused on attacking and destroying their two-seater opponents. In the end the Germans would regain air superiority, and hold it into the following summer with the employment of their new Jagdgeschwader (larger fighter groupings), but the FE 2 remained a tenacious foe that inflicted many casualties - some of whom were Germany's best aces (including 'The Red Baron').

About the Author

James F. Miller is a married father of two who lives in Naples, Florida. A commercial pilot and lifelong student of all aspects of aviation, his current research focuses on the middle years of World War I.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13384 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HYX8TC2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 Oct. 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEST WWI OSPREY DUEL SERIES TITLE YET! 23 Jan. 2014
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This volume is one of the latest editions to the Osprey Duel series. The British FE 2 was a "pusher" type fighter/reconnaissance plane with it's engine and propeller placed behind the pilot and the observer/gunner sat in a "tub" in front of the plane. This plane along with the DH 2 fighter plane (another "pusher" type) helped gain air supremacy over the German Fokker Eindecker. The Germans countered the "pusher" airplanes with the Albatros scout series (DI, DII, DIII, and DV.) James F. Miller has capably executed an examination of this historic confrontation from WWI aviation history. Some of the best artwork by Jim Laurier and Mark Postlethwaite supports the text as well as black and white photos. The cockpit views of the aircraft are awesome! The dogfight between Manfred Von Richthofen, the "Red Baron" and the FE 2 manned by Cunnell and Woodbridge on July 6, 1917 is featured. I highly recommend this title! This is one of the best Duel volumes yet! I also recommend James F. Miller's other Duel series title. DH 2 vs Albatros D I/D II: Western Front 1916 (Duel). James F. Miller also has a volume dedicated to the Albatros D.III, which is due out in March of 2014. Albatros D.III: Johannisthal, OAW and Oeffag variants (Air Vanguard). Albatros D.I and D.II. Albatros D.I-D.II (Air Vanguard) is also available!
5.0 out of 5 stars "FE 2b/d vs Albatros Scouts" is a fine comparison of two important World War I aircraft and ... 3 Oct. 2014
By Peter Kilduff, book review editor, Over the Front - Published on
The latest Osprey “Dual - Engage the Enemy” volume goes to the heart of World War I aviation history - events following the onset of trench warfare. “With behind-the-lines reconnaissance incursions now throttled by the static positions of the entrenched armies, photo reconnaissance via airplanes became increasingly important to provide strategists with real-time information and views of enemy forces that would not have been attainable otherwise,’ this book’s author Jim Miller reminds us.

Next, armed aircraft did whatever they could to deter or shoot down reconnaissance (and later bombing) airplanes and airships. Fast forward to early 1916, after Major-General Hugh (“Boom”) Trenchard urged replacing the early Vickers F.B.5 two-place “pusher” biplanes with similarly configured Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2b aircraft. After responding to the Fokker Eindecker menace, Miller notes, the “Fees” became disadvantaged aerial opposition against new Albatros biplane single-seat scouts.

The story is well told with the chronology and development of “Fees” and “Albatri” tracked and very well illustrated. Accounts of the machines are equaled by coverage of airmen involved on both sides of the lines in 1916 and 1917. The latter includes the latest research on Manfred von Richthofen’s 6 July 1917 fight with F.E.2d aircraft from No. 20 Squadron, RFC.

"FE 2b/d vs Albatros Scouts" is a fine comparison of two important World War I aircraft and is recommended highly.

(This review appears in Summer 2014 issue of "Over the Front," quarterly journal of the non-profit League of World War I Aviation Historians.)
5.0 out of 5 stars Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines 28 Mar. 2014
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Another great book concerning the early days of flight. The book gives a good comparison of the types of aircraft flown by the RAF and German Air force in WW1. The courage of all the flyers in this time comes out in the writing, but I was stunned by the courage that was displayed on a daily basis by the gunner in the FE 2. It is somewhat damning that the Germans were so far ahead of the British in the caliber of aircraft that they were able field at this time of the war.
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Interesting 14 Sept. 2014
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I found this educational and interesting. There are great color images and descriptions of aerial battle. Tactics and technology is discussed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This was a good synopsis of the use of the FE 2' ' ... 26 July 2014
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This was a good synopsis of the use of the FE 2' ' but did not seem to cover the horrendous loss rate. The book seemed to imply that it could defend itself, yet the german pilots considered it an easy victory, unless they were sloppy in the attack angle. The book might of mentioned the number of RFC crews lost, versus the number of German pilots lost. Would Like to compliment the art work, I wonder does the artist use computer aided drawing etc?
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